Should I use light, medium or dark wood flooring in my living room?

The good news, I inherited a hall tree, a secretary (desk) and a lovely triangular pedastle - all antiques. Though not a collector, I love these pieces because of the memories they hold. I want to replace carpeting with wood flooring, but since the rest of my wood furniture is medium to dark, I not sure what wood tones to consider for the floor.
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  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jun 09, 2017
    Some pictures of the lovely pieces you're describing as well as the room you'd like to remodel would be a great help for us to help you in reaching a decision .

    • Ecb Hamaker Ecb Hamaker on Jun 13, 2017
      Small world. I grew up in Gonzales. Well, Galvez to be exact. I'm a Floridian now, but still get back there a couple of times a year. In any case thank you for your idea.

  • Ellis Ellis on Jun 09, 2017
    My preference, if you have dark wood furniture, would be to go lighter with the floors, so you have a bit of contrast. Avoid real blonde wood, which looks modern, I think. Maybe just a mid-range light color stain, but one that won't clash with the tones of your darker wood furniture.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 10, 2017
    There are some beautiful wood floors out there. Many have free or low cost samples. Go to home depot or lowes as they have free brochures too. Just handling the wood and seeing it in my home changed what I liked for this house. Keep in mind you can also place furniture on a lighter area rug.

  • Elaine Elaine on Jun 10, 2017
    This would be a fairly easy answer IF you didn't own any antiques and own medium to dark Furniture! :). Why I'm saying this is ... lighter wood floors tend to give a more casual feel to a room while dark wood looks more dressy. I am seeing a lot of furniture (and flooring) in a faded, driftwood-looking wood finish which is quite nice but that distressed look wouldn't go, in my opinion, with your antiques. I have dark floors and just love them even though dust readily shows but find a quick swipe with a Swiffer floor duster easily takes care of that. I also have a fair bit of dark furniture with some Asian accents and bought area rugs in a fairly modern pattern. My rugs are (also!) medium dark but have a cream swirl that contrasts nicely with the dark wood floors.

    My suggestion to you would be to go with a medium-dark wood floor then add some brightness with a large area rug for the living room. If you ever need to buy a hall runner or dining room rug, don't buy matching rugs BUT make sure the colors (in any rugs) tie in with each other.

    One other thought ... if you have a piece of furniture that is not a costly antique (even a stool would do), how about painting one piece to "break up" the dark wood furniture (and antiques) to add a different and very unexpected touch to the room? Chalk paint is VERY easy to apply and comes in nice colors. I sometimes combine two colors to make something different then I apply an antique coat to "age" it a bit.

    I never, ever follow trends (as they come and go) and realize painted furniture is popular right now so I'm not advocating following a trend and painting a pile of pieces, however, adding just one piece of painted furniture in a historical blue or green, perhaps, would look quite charming.

    If your rooms look a little dark, remember you can add more light color with a cream colored throw and/or cushions. Go on the website "Houzz" and type in something such as "dark wood flooring" and you will see lots of inspiration.

  • Barbee Barbee on Jun 10, 2017
    Wood has many colors Look, no stare at the furniture find the color that is on all of them. Do the floors that th color.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jun 10, 2017
    I just don't understand why you don't go with something that you love? It's your style so what if the woods don't all match that would be boring to me. I like what I like my house doesn't conform anymore,I go with my gut and heart. If it makes you smile then it's the right one. If you go with what others think is right for you,and then you realize you hate it you will have to have it redone. I do think that it a great suggestion to bring home samples but only to see if you love it not to see if it goes with furniture.